How to Grill Salmon on a Charcoal Grill


Everyone has heard the phrase “Good things come to those who wait.” When it comes to grilling, you definitely cannot rush a good thing. With charcoal grilling, you will be well rewarded when you finally taste your grilled salmon. No matter how you prepare your salmon before grilling, whether with spices or a marinade, grilling with charcoal adds a whole new dimension to the flavors you will taste when done. As an added bonus for you and your family, your grilled food makes for a lighter, healthier meal.

Grilling meats is a much healthier means of cooking.
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Things You'll Need

  • Salmon
  • Gloves (heat resistant)
  • Chimney starter
  • Charcoal
  • Newspaper
  • Lighter or matches
  • Charcoal grill with lid
  • Hoe
  • 2 drip pans
  • Olive oil
  • Basting brush
  • Tongs
Step 1

Prepare the salmon to the taste specifications you desire by using either marinades, dried or fresh spices or your favorite recipe. Place in refrigerator until ready to cook.

Use marinades or spices to add flavor.
Salmon with lemon image by Lev Aleshin from
Step 2

Put on gloves. Remove the grill rack. Place loosely rolled newspaper in the bottom of the chimney starter and charcoal in the top. Place the starter on the base of the grill. Light the newspaper to start the coals burning. Let stand until coals glow red.

Get the coals burning.
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Step 3

Pour the hot coals onto the grill base. Rake the coals into two separate piles on each side of the grill using the hoe. Place a metal drip pan in the center of the grill with the coals on each side for indirect cooking. Replace the grill rack on the grill.

Make sure the coal are glowing red.
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Step 4

Brush the grill rack with olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the salmon in the center of the grill skin side down. Cook for two to three minutes on each side.

Enjoy with your favorite sides.
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